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About the course

If you dream of being in the cast of a West End or Broadway musical, Southampton Solent’s dynamic BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree will help you build your practical performance skills, industry knowledge, and a great work portfolio to kick-start your career in the exciting world of musical theatre.

This course prepares students for a career in performing arts by combining training in singing, dancing and acting with the academic study of musical theatre performance and production, enabling them to become well-rounded musical theatre performers.

Students also have the chance to develop skills in related areas such as directing, education and wellbeing, and take part in extended dance, vocal or instrumental training. With support from the course team, students are encouraged to develop their professional talents by focusing on audition and interview techniques, vocal skills and CV writing.

In their final year, students have the opportunity to participate in our London Showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to present themselves to the industry and develop professional networks that will help launch their career in the performing arts.

The course team has a broad range of international and national industry experience, but students will also hear from external guest speakers such as actors, directors, singing coaches and theatre reps, who share their unique insights. There are also opportunities to work with local professional theatres such as the Nuffield Theatre, The Point theatre and the Solomon Theatre Company, giving students industry feedback on their work and building professional contacts. 

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The course provides comprehensive practical training for a career in musical theatre. Students may benefit from professional connections with local theatres and visiting industry professionals.

What does this course lead to?

The popularity of musical theatre has soared in recent years and there is a wealth of opportunities for talented performance artists. This course offers excellent preparation for a career as a musical theatre performer and also in broader areas such as screen acting, radio presenting, directing and teaching.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for aspiring performers who wish to begin a career on the stage in musical theatre. Candidates will be expected to prepare audition pieces to accompany their application.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Performance Foundation Year MT03
  • 3 Years Standard Entry WW31
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • UK applicants are required to attend an audition – applicants will be required to prepare one contemporary monologue and a song from a piece of musical theatre. They should also be prepared to learn/follow an unprepared dance routine.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send electronic auditions.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Audition requirements

Before attending your audition, please read the following: audition information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


92%

of students feel staff have made the subject interesting

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Histories and Contexts 1: The American Musical
  • Histories and Contexts 2: the West End and Beyond
  • Core Skills: Body and Voice
  • The Self and Text 1
  • Approaches to Musical Theatre 
  • Directed Production Project

Year two

Core units

  • Musical Theatre and Identity
  • Musical Theatre Inside and Out
  • Professional Performance Skills - Live Brief
  • Stage and Screen Production
  • Performance Techniques

Options

  • Performance and Wellbeing
  • Creative Arts in Education
  • Directing Performers, Performing with Directors
  • Music Theatre
  • Performance in the Digital Age

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units

  • Major Production Live Brief
  • Creative Industries Research Project
  • The Solo Performer 
  • Careers in the Creative Industries

Options

  • Creative Arts in Education
  • Performance and Wellbeing
  • Directing Performers
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performance in the Digital Age

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

87%

Assessment by coursework

13%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Maggie Tarver academic profile Maggie Tarver Course Leader View profile
Matt Fletcher academic profile Matt Fletcher Senior Lecturer View profile
Doris Prügel-Bennett academic profile Doris Prügel-Bennett Associate Lecturer View profile
Michael Goron academic profile Michael Goron Associate Lecturer View profile
Annie Sanger-Davies academic profile Annie Sanger-Davies Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students have full access to a variety of rehearsal spaces including rehearsal rooms and a dance studio with sprung floor, as well as an additional 200-seat flexi-form space on campus, which can be used for live performances. Final productions take place in a professional theatre venue. Performance students can also use the University's three multi-camera television studios with green-screen technology, additional television studio space and radio recording studios. The University is also in negotiations to further expand resources for the performance degrees by offering a high-quality professional space in the city.

Students will be able to use the University's extensive collection of musical equipment, including a piano, electronic keyboards and portable stereo systems, as well as technical equipment including Panasonic 151 HD cameras, rifle mikes, tripods and monitors, radio microphones, a mixing desk, and dictaphones for interviews and research. 

On-site library facilities include a range of industry specific books, articles, journals, DVDs and audio-visual resources to support research.

Students have the opportunity to take part in a West End Showcase in their final year and the course helps to prepare students for entry into the professional world through auditions, CVs and photos.

Your future

Graduates could go on to do postgraduate training in acting and various practical skills at other training institutions. They could pursue Masters degrees in areas of specialisation such as musical theatre, music theatre, acting, directing, creative writing, applied theatre and drama-therapy.

94%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course
  • The theory side of the course underpinned the practical aspects that we were learning and allowed us to experiment with different approaches to performing.

    Neil Gibbs, Graduate

  • I was offered a wide and varied range of experiences and opportunities. Over the three years I was taught a variety of skills, from running a lighting rig or shooting and editing film to writing full-length plays. Our tutors were supportive and yet encouraged us to stand on our own two feet.

    Thomas Jancis, Graduate

Industry links

The course team works closely with their industry partners to ensure professional standards are aimed for and real industry feedback is obtained. The team work directly with the industry to make sure students get the most relevant and up-to-date training for the contemporary performing arts. Our staff offer a broad range of international and national industry experience to ensure that you benefit from professional expertise.

Placements

There are opportunities to work with local professional theatres such as the Nuffield Theatre, The Point theatre and the Solomon Theatre Company, giving students industry feedback on their work and building professional contacts. 

Further study

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